Here we are into the middle of November already. It is crazy how time flies. Looking back over things, I realized I didn't even put up any Halloween pictures of the kids. So here are my ninjas in action:
And my princess out getting candy and hanging with creepy statues on porches (both ninjas were too afraid of it. How does that work?):
It appears winter is here to stay. We started off with a couple of nice soft and melty snow falls, but those days are gone. Now it's cold and miserable. CeCe and I did get in a bit of fun before things got too nasty. Here we are with our #Movember inspired snowman. The spring from our old trampoline proved to be the perfect accessory. At least I thought so. CeCe took it off as soon as the pictures were taken. Apparently snowmen shouldn't have mustaches.
CeCe's preschool class had a field trip to a car dealership last week. I know - it seemed a bit strange to me too. But it turned out pretty good. They got to have tire races, check out the garage and check the air pressure on a tire. They each got to keep a tire gauge too, so they were pretty pumped about that. (No pun intended.) It was my turn to be the parent helper so I got to enjoy the experience as well. Here is CeCe getting ready to check the tire:
The girls had this whole week off school from Nov 10-14 which was something we had never heard of before. But I guess they haven't had any days off yet this year, so it must all work out. They don't have any more days off until Christmas break now either. With the holiday being Tuesday, Julie took Monday off work and we went on a little get-away to Saskatoon. We visited some friends, did some shopping and plenty of swimming and water sliding. The girls were good and tired by the time we came home. Julie and I also celebrated our 13th anniversary while we were there. Nothing says romance like a hotel room full of kids.
The thing about shopping with three children (especially CeCe) is that you have to realize you have about a two hour window. After that, it all goes for a wreck and nobody is happy. And they are much better shoppers when they are being shopped for. We happened to be in Bootlegger and Julie and I were both looking at things and wanting to try stuff on. The sales person told me that the jewelry the girls were looking at was on sale. It all started out between $15 and $20 each but some was marked down to $2.99. It turned out the $2.99 stuff was further marked down to 5 for $5. So I bought us some time by letting the girls pick out cheap necklaces. It worked like a charm. (Again, no pun intended.)
One necklace CeCe bought had 5 individual chains on it of varying lengths so that it looked like 5 necklaces when it was on. Well, it didn't really survive the trip home. To say it got a little tangled would be an understatement. Julie and I each took a turn trying to untangle it, but it wasn't happening. Then Ginny came along and looked at it. In the heat of the moment, I told her I would give her $10 if she was able to get it. Then Jorja came alone and thought this sounded like a pretty good deal. Being off school, she had plenty of time to devote to it. And she devoted a lot of time to it. She would think she made some progress and come show me and I thought for a while that my money may be in jeopardy. But then she would have more trouble and it would look like a big ball again. I asked her once how she was making out and she said, 'Good. I'm getting there. It's like Mom's tattoo says - without struggle there is no progress.' Well, in this case, it turns out there was a lot of struggle and not much progress. I think my money is safe:
The kids have all had colds the past few days. That coupled with the cold weather and no school have made for some interesting days. I'm ready for school tomorrow anyway. Later.